Are you afraid of getting injured (again)? Can you exercise or play sports without getting injured? (Find out with FMS)
You wouldn’t take your car out on the highway without checking out its basic roadworthiness. But that’s exactly what many men and women do when it comes to subjecting their bodies to the rigours of training for sport or competition. The ‘functional movement screen’ (FMS) developed by Gray Cook & Lee Burton is a great tool that I use in my practice to observe the way clients move when they squat, lunge, hurdle step, push up, perform a straight leg raise, and several other tests.
I’ve see many patients and athletes who have performed high-level workouts and sports activities even though they were inefficient in their fundamental movements. They seemed able to get by with poor movement patterns, for example by training around a pre-existing problem, an asymmetry in movement, or more often than not, simply avoiding training their weaknesses! These potential weaknesses can cause an injury or allow a player to not work out at there full potential.
I have been using the FMS during my evaluations of clients for several years. This summer I was invited by Gray Cook & Lee Burton to teach the FMS course to other practitioners, so that they too can use it as an evaluation tool in there practice.
The underlying premise is that we should all be working on developing quality of motion before quantity of motion. The FMS consists of seven tests that assess mobility and stability as an indication of a person’s functional status and injury risk.